polestar

noun
pole·​star | \ ˈpōl-ˌstär How to pronounce polestar (audio) \

Definition of polestar

2a : a directing principle : guide
b : a center of attraction

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Synonyms for polestar

Synonyms

compass, cynosure, direction, focus, lodestar (also loadstar)

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Examples of polestar in a Sentence

under the polestar of progress, urban renewal programs gutted the historic districts of many cities

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This lush, rangy pocket of the country is finally being recognized as a culinary polestar, with chefs such Ms. Cooper, Tennessee’s Sean Brock and Virginia’s Travis Milton championing of Appalachian foodways to national acclaim. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 The Crying of Lot 49 as polestars—but that doesn’t really capture the affecting humanity of the five episodes that have aired (episode six airs on September 10). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Lodge 49 Is the Best TV Show You’re Not Watching," 7 Sep. 2018 Copenhagen today is a city transformed, a polestar across creative fields from art to architecture, design to dining. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of polestar

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of polestar was in 1555

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